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School Health Services Mission Statement

The Middletown Public and Parochial School Nurses are essential members of the educational team. Our mission is to foster the growth, development, and educational achievement of all students by promoting health and wellness, in a safe and supportive environment. We are committed to meeting the health needs of individual students and through collaboration with public and private agencies and healthcare providers, we advocate for students, their families, and the school community.

Philosophy of School Health

The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as:

School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential.  Adopted by the NASN Board of February 2017.

Middletown school nurses endorse the following beliefs developed by the American School Health Association and National Association of School Nurse:

  • Every child is entitled to educational opportunities that will allow him/her to reach full capacity as an individual and prepare him/her for responsibility as a citizen.
  • Every child is entitled to a level of health which permits maximum utilization of educational opportunities.
  • The school health program, through components of health service, health education and concern for the environment, provides knowledge and understanding on which to base decisions for the promotion and protection of individual, family and community health.
  • Parents have the basic responsibility for the health of their children; the school health program activities exist to assist parents in carrying out their responsibilities.
  • The core roles that the school nurse fulfills to foster student health and educational success include: providing direct care to students, providing leadership for the provision of health services,  providing/coordinating screening and referral for health conditions, promoting a health school environment, promoting/providing health education, serving in leadership roles for health policies and programs, being a liaison between school personnel, family, health care professionals, and the community.

Goals of Middletown School Nurses

1). Improve student achievement by reducing health-related barriers to learning, and absenteeism.

2). Promote the health, safety, and wellness of all students and staff in Middletown Schools.

3). Promote a positive school climate, collaborative relationship with students, families, school personnel and the community.

4). Promote best practices in school health services through professional development and resources.